February - June 2019
 
Saturday 26th January
Skull Preparation Course
Tutor: Anne Riddell
Hands-on course for bones enthusiasts. How to prepare a mammal skull for education or reference use, plus what skulls can tell us about the age, gender and health of their former owners. Prepare animals such as rabbits or water voles, but participants are able to bring a specimen of their own in to prepare if preferred.
10.30am - 4.00pm
£30 per person
 
Saturday 9th February
Kent Mammal Identification
Tutor: Suzanne Kynaston
In partnership with Kent Mammal Group (KMG)
Learn how to identify our larger mammals from their tracks, signs and sightings. Includes a tour of the park to see some of the animals in the flesh and a close up examination of skins, skulls and antlers. Please note that this course does not include mice, voles or shrews which are covered in the Small Mammal Survey Skills course.
9.45am - 4.15pm
£30 per person *
* Book together with Kent Mammal ID Course held on 12.1.18 for £50
 
Saturday 9th March
Willow Craft
Tutor: Hazel Ryan
Use locally grown willow and dogwood stems to make a woven tray that could be used as a platter or a table mat. All materials included. Take home a few cuttings to plant in your garden.  Includes tips on how to grow and store materials.
2.30pm - 4.30pm
£18 per person
 
Saturday 16th March
Introduction to Amphibian Ecology and Surveying​
Tutor: Mike Phillips
In partnership with Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group (KRAG)
An introduction to the identification and basic ecology of Kent’s frogs, toads and newts. Find out what makes a good amphibian pond as well as different survey techniques, finishing with a torchlight survey of a nearby amphibian population.  There will be an emphasis on newts due to the location. Own transport required.
2.00pm - 8.00pm
£30 per person
 
Saturday 13th April
Introduction to Forest Gardening
Tutor: Jo Barker
Come and learn about this inspiring ecological gardening technique to grow our food, meet many human needs and increase wildlife. Based on principles found in nature, forest gardens will need less and less work over the years whilst providing more and more yields.
The course covers ecosystem design, perennial plants, seven layers, history, design considerations, permaculture design, wildlife and rewilding.
We will connect to the environment through nature awareness, foraging and observing natural ecological design principles. We will observe natural edible forest garden edges and explore the implications of this way of gardening.
This one day session should give you enough information to have a go in your own garden and be inspired.
10.00am - 4.00pm
£40 per person
 
Sunday 14th April
Spring Foraging in Egerton
Tutor: Steve Kirk
In this introduction discover easily recognisable plants that are good to eat and learn how to prepare and cook them. At a variety of local sites you will learn to forage safely and identify some common edible species before returning to cook and sample your fare. Also learn about foraging and the law.
Meet at Egerton Village Hall
10.00am - 4.00pm
£30 per person
 
Saturday 20th April
Introduction to Beekeeping
Tutor: John Holmes
An 8 week “hands-on” course for complete beginners to give you the knowledge and confidence to get your first colony. Learn the skills of this ancient art from Wildwood’s own beekeeper. Please note that this course takes place outside and is weather dependent. Changes to the timetable may be needed if weather conditions are unsuitable. Post-course advice available. Not suitable for those with medical conditions such as heart problems, asthma or allergy to bee stings. Contact us for advice if you are unsure.
Dates: Saturdays from 20/4/19 to 8/6/19 inclusive.
11.00am - 4.00pm
£100 per person
 
Saturday 4th May
Hedgehogs in the Garden
Tutor: Suzanne Kynaston
A short workshop focusing on how to help hedgehogs in your garden. It will comprise a talk covering the biology, ecology and behaviour of hedgehogs and advice on hedgehog-friendly gardening. Learn how to find out if hedgehogs are visiting your garden. There will be an opportunity to meet a hedgehog up close and view footage of hedgehog behaviour.
10.00am - 1.00pm
£20 per person
 
Saturday 11th May
Wolf Ecology and Behaviour
Tutor: Anne Riddell
Discover the wolf pack; the origins of wolves, how wolves communicate and the efforts being made to restore them back to the wild. Includes a visit to see our wolves, their prey and the large carnivores with which they coexist (lynx and brown bear).
10.30am - 4.00pm
£30 per person
 
Saturday 18th May
Reptile Ecology and Surveying
Tutor: Mike Phillips
In partnership with Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group (KRAG)
A chance to get up close and personal to some of our most iconic and often misunderstood creatures.  An introduction to native British reptiles covering identification, basic ecology and survey techniques.  Find out how to identify the best places to look for reptiles and what habitat features they require. Includes a search for reptiles at a nearby monitoring site.
10.00am - 4.00pm
£30 per person
 
Saturday 25th May
Plant Identification for Beginners
Tutor: Dr. Lesley Mason
An introduction to plant identification for those starting to identify flowering plants. Learn to assign plants to families or species level using their parts and other useful features. The use of basic keys will be introduced. This course is an ideal basic grounding in plant ID for those interested in attending our Phase 1 habitat survey course.
10.00am - 4.00pm
£30 per person
 
Saturday 31st May
Introduction to Phase 1 Habitat Survey (part 1)
Tutor: Dr. Lesley Mason
Part 1: A classroom and field based introduction to Phase 1 Habitat Survey methodology to map and record sites. Ideal for professional ecologists and those working towards a career in this field. Learn to identify key indicator plant species that will help you to recognise and distinguish broad habitat types and gain confidence in writing target notes on habitat features. This is a stand-alone course, but can also be a precursor to phase 1 habitat survey (part 2). 
Own transport required.
10.00am - 4.00pm
£55 per person
* £100 when booking with Introduction to Phase 1 Habitat Survey (part 2) 
 
Saturday 14th June
Introduction to Phase 1 Habitat Survey (part 2)
Tutor: Dr. Lesley Mason
Part 2: Aimed at those already familiar with Phase 1 habitat survey basics as covered in part 1 (either in 2019 or a previous year) or who have learnt basic phase 1 elsewhere but want to learn more about indicator plant species for different habitats.  The whole day will be spent in the field to experience a variety of habitats and their indicator plants including chalk grassland and neutral grassland types. We will travel to various sites across the county.
Own transport required.
10.00am - 4.00pm
£55 per person
* £100 when booking with Introduction to Phase 1 Habitat Survey (part 1) 
 
Saturday 1st June
Pollination Workshop
Tutor: Dr. Clive Nuttman
For gardeners, beekeepers and naturalists.
An illustrated talk to introduce pollination, concentrating on the extraordinary global range of organisms that visit and pollinate flowers and a walk through the Wildwood grounds looking at flowers and insects to observe pollination ‘in action’. In the afternoon we will explore flower structure and the ‘rewards’ that attract insect visitors and how to make a garden ‘pollinator-friendly’.
10.30am - 3.00pm
£25 per person
 
Saturday 8th June
Seashore Foraging and Wild Cooking
Tutor: Steve Kirk
An introduction to the sustainable foraging potential of the North Kent coast and estuary habitat. Discover which easily recognisable plants are good to eat and learn how to prepare and cook them. Forage a variety of edible shellfish before returning to cook and sample your fare. Also covers foraging safety and the law, and the wider uses of plants.
Meet at Marine Parade, Tankerton, Whitstable, CT5 2BE on the greens facing the Marine Hotel.
10.30am - 3.00pm
£30 per person
 
 
 
IMPORTANT INFORMATION
  • Minimum age for all courses is 16 years unless specified. All under 18’s must be accompanied by a paying adult unless specified.
  • All courses are held at Wildwood Trust and include Wildwood entry fees unless otherwise specified. Please check listing.
  • All courses are booked directly with Wildwood unless otherwise stated, please check listing for details.
  • All courses must be paid for at the time of booking and are non-refundable unless cancelled by Wildwood.
  • Lunch is not provided unless stated. Participants are welcome to bring their own packed lunch or purchase lunch in the Wildwood Cafe.
 
HOW TO BOOK:
  • To book online visit our courses page at our secure online shop.
  • Please email courses@wildwoodtrust.org  or telephone 01227 711 471 for more information.
  • Booking is essential for all courses.
  • You can download and print the complete leaflet here.